The young Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley according to Roy Hodsgon was discovered at Olympics where he impressed many critics and football gurus with his football vision.In the match against Maldova Cleverley was given an attacking midfielder role which was amazing to watch .It was Cleverley’s first international and he straight away made a solid impact .Cleverly played a pivotal role in demolishing Moldova and Tom Hodgson thinks that now he can carry on the same momentum against the bigger opponents .
Remember it was Cleverley who earned England an early penalty which set them on their way to a demolishing start of world cup qualifying campaign. With only three minutes gone, he drifted into space on the edge of the Moldovan penalty area and forced England’s penalty with a shot that cannoned into the arm of Simion Bulgaru.Cleverley is tipped by many to feature against Ukraine on Tuesday night, and should the Manchester United man have another fine display against the Eastern Europeans belief in the youngster will be bolstered further.
It was Cleverley who pulled the Moldavian defense all over the place which forced Roy Hodgson to admire him by saying that
“The Olympics were important for Tom and they were important for me because that’s sort of where I discovered him.”
“I knew him when he was on loan at Watford and I’d seen him play a few games as a substitute for Manchester United, but don’t forget that he got injured very early last season.”
“So I suppose the Olympics were really the first opportunity for me to run the rule over him.”
“And it was good I could do that because it meant that when I was selecting my squad for the start of the World Cup campaign, I knew he was one of the names I wanted to add to my list.”
“I think it would be wrong to label what type of player he is as he can do a number of jobs. For me, Tom is an attacking midfield player in the same way as Fabregas and I liked the fact that he took more responsibility for getting closer to Defoe.”
“By doing that he allowed Gerrard and Lampard to get on the ball in deeper positions where they are so comfortable.”
Check out all the touches of Cleverley against Moldova here